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June 30, 2021 by Anne Kelley

How to Use Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Advanced Driving Assistance Systems

You want a car with advanced safety features that will keep your family secure in all kinds of driving conditions. As new technology becomes available, Kia’s automotive engineers are working hard to include the most advanced features in the new Kias.

What is an Advanced Driving Assistance System?

Human drivers can’t always react perfectly in emergencies, such as an impending crash or dangerous weather conditions. That’s where an Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) comes in. You might be panicked in a scary driving situation, but your Kia is programmed to respond to all kinds of hazards. Advanced cameras, radar, and reflectors help monitor everything around the exterior of the vehicle to respond and warn the driver when there’s a situation that could cause an accident.

In addition to avoiding collisions, these systems can also take some of the stress and work out of everyday driving. Driving doesn’t have to be exhausting!

What is Kia Drive Wise?

Kia’s ADAS is called Drive Wise. There is no single standard Drive Wise package. Instead, the features included with the vehicle will vary depending on the model of Kia and the options chosen. Your Kia dealer can help you understand which features are available in your particular model. Some advanced safety features, like Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Traction Control Systems, and Electronic Stability Control, are available in all Kia models.

Here are some of the most advanced features that can be included to help you drive your Kia safely.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Traditional cruise control allowed the driver to set a fixed speed to maintain. Adaptive cruise control is different. The system automatically follows a leading vehicle at a predetermined distance, adjusting its braking and acceleration in coordination with the vehicle ahead. This system includes stop-and-go capability, so you won’t need to reset the cruise control every time you brake.


Forward Collision Warning

The car emits an audible and visual alert if it detects a possible collision with a vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist.

Automatic Forward Emergency Braking

The brakes are automatically applied if the car is rapidly approaching a stopped vehicle, or if the driver attempts to turn across traffic when it is unsafe.

Blind-spot Warning

Radar sensors in the rear bumper will create an alert if they detect a vehicle approaching in the driver’s blind spot area.  Collision assistance can also apply strategic braking if it detects an impending blind-spot collision.

Rear Cross-traffic Warning

If the vehicle is in reverse and cross traffic is approaching, the system can send a warning and apply brakes, if necessary.

Lane-departure Warning and Lane-keeping Assistance

Cameras detect the lane markers on the road and may assist the driver’s steering to help keep the car in the lane. The indicator will illuminate white at slower speeds or when no lane markers are detected. It turns green at speeds above 40 mph and when the system can detect the lane markers. At that point, it can assist the steering.

Driver Monitoring System

This system detects a driver who seems drowsy or distracted and sends a suggestion to take a break.

Leading Vehicle Departure Alert

If you’re prone to getting distracted at a red light, this system can sound a reminder when the car ahead starts moving again.

Highway Driving Assist (HDA) offers Sophisticated Hands-Free Driving

One of the most advanced ADAS options that Kia offers is called Highway Driving Assist (HDA). Although it does need some driver assistance, Kia calls this technology a Level 2 autonomous driving feature.

Highway driving can be incredibly monotonous and tiring, which can lead to risky driver behavior. Kia aims to lessen some of this burden on highway drivers by letting the car do most of the work. The system combines route information, GPS data, adaptive cruise control, the lane assistance system, and distance maintenance technology to allow the car to function on the highway without much input from the driver. It does need some assistance with braking, and the driver must continue to interact with the car at regular intervals.

In ideal driving conditions, HDA can function for up to two minutes. At that point, it will request that the driver interacts with the steering wheel. In more risky situations, the driver will need to take more active control again.

Surprisingly Intuitive Features

Since so much of this technology is brand new, it may seem a little intimidating. But don’t worry! You’ll quickly integrate Kia’s ADAS features into your driving routine, and they’ll soon feel like an extension of your own great driving skills.

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1 year ago

Thanks. Interesting that my LVDW system has never worked on my new 2022 Telluride. Everything is checked in Driver Assistance. Do they work under some specific circumstances? I know the FCA is supposed to work when the vehicle is traveling at > 5 mph. Would appreciate any assistance!